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March 19, 2018 -- Reflections in Washington DC

I’ve been reflecting on my trip to Washington D.C. tonight.
 
Tomorrow, I’m going to the U.S. Supreme Court, to watch oral arguments on whether the Reproductive FACT Act, a 2015 California law I authored to help provide accurate, timely health information to pregnant women, should be overturned. 
 
22 years ago, I decided to leave our nation’s capital, where I’d been serving as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee.  I left because Washington in the mid-90’s wasn’t getting much done to help people, and I wanted to move to a city that championed progressive values I shared - San Francisco.
 
It has been an intense experience for me to return to Washington now, as a lawmaker representing San Francisco, fighting for the progressive values reflected in our Constitution.  At a time when not only pregnant women are being denied facts, but our entire country is.
 
While the FACT Act was upheld at the trial and appellate levels, I am deeply concerned about what the Supreme Court may do, but am ready to continue the fight, well beyond tomorrow’s deliberations and the Supreme Court’s ultimate decision.